Mar 24, 2014

My ribs are NOT spicy hot.

Best Oven Bbq Ribs Recipe

My fall-off-the-bone ribs are NOT spicy hot. This recipe has been really popular but having an international following has brought on some new challenges. I’m hearing, “I made your fall-off-the-bone ribs and they did fall off the bone but they were so spicy hot we couldn’t eat them.” It turns out that spices are not the same all over the world and the different labeling in some countries has caused my delicious ribs to be too hot to eat. But I don’t like spicy foods and my ribs are not supposed to be hot, so I am here to clarify the confusion for my international visitors.

My rub and sauce recipes call for Chili Powder but I think some people are using Chili Pepper which is not the same thing. Not at all.  Chili Powder is a mixture of spices and peppers and is a bit spicy but not anywhere near hot. That’s why I use 2 teaspoons in my rub and my sauce. But 2 teaspoons of Ground Chili Pepper, which is pure cayenne pepper, will bring tears to your eyes!

As if that’s not enough, the terms “chili” and “chile” are often used interchangeably but they don’t always mean the same thing. Chili powder is usually a blend of spices and it not considered hot, while Chile powder most often refers to pure ground spicy hot chiles. Since every country is different, the only way to tell is to READ THE INGREDIENT LABEL and DO NOT USE pure ground cayenne red chili pepper.


The recipes I post are all the things I make for myself and I do not like hot & spicy foods so I hope this helps everyone from Malaysia to Australia to Belgium enjoy these delicious fall-off-the-bone, NOT SPICY HOT ribs. And my thanks to Lee and Alissa who took time to let me know. Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

36 Comments on "My ribs are NOT spicy hot."

  1. Brian

    What temperature do I set the oven to?

  2. Mike

    I also tried a variation of this! Cut the slab in half and rub then cook on rack in pan meat side up for two of the two and a half hours! Remove from oven remove rack and dump grease into glass jar, never down the drain! Add sauce to bottom of pan, then the ribs, be careful not to break ribs, cover with more sauce and return to oven uncovered for the final half hour! Check after twenty minutes!

  3. Val

    My husband likes BBQ ribs but cannot use any pepper in the recipe. Not sweet either. So how??

    • Michael

      You cannot remove all of the sweetness but you can remove some. Reduce the brown sugar to quarter cup of honey the Ketchep to quarter cup of Heinz Chile sauce or try just the substitutions with original measurements first before cutting or eliminating all the sweetness. Up to you!

  4. Brenda

    I have made this recipe several times, and it’s always delicious. Even though I don’t eat ribs, my family raves over it.

  5. Steven Stoller

    This is the greatest BBQ recipe ever! I make tons of the dry rub so I have anytime. You can adjust what you like, as I use more brown sugar than called for. I also adjust the BBQ sauce to my taste. Browning the onions and garlic for me is a must, really adds flavor. We make this all the time for guests. There are never leftovers-So fabulous. wish I could hug Jenny for this one.

  6. Ronald E Bush

    This is very helpful information, on how to make cooking in the oven or out on the grill ??? ease and fun.Thanks for you help Us how to cook Ribs ?? Be safe careful and have a great blessed wonderful, peaceful, calm week.

  7. Leina

    I will prepare the dry rub in advance & store it ready to use within the week.
    I will also prepare the dry ingredients for the sauce & store it also.
    All liquids will be added when I will fix this scrumptious ribs for Xmas & New Years along with other goodies. We will want the best ribs for our holidays (2xs a winner) because it will be mouth watering & sooo yummy delicious.
    Thank you for sharing, Happy Holiday’s!

    • Jenny Can Cook

      You can make the sauce any time. I have kept mine in a jar in the fridge for months.

  8. Ehriqa Lofton

    I haven’t tried your recipe yet, but it looks really good. I don’t like store bought sauces at all. I will be trying for recipe real soon. Also, I loved your show…used to watch it all the time. You have such a beautiful demeanor. Any chance you’ll return on the air (& showcase some of these delicious recipes)? Miss you Jenny! ?

  9. Cathy Hunter

    I love you keep posting.You are my favorite by far.I love your easy recepies and your sense of humor.

  10. Ck

    Just found you Jenny. I’m new at this iPad thing wow this is great seeing you.your videos are great finally healthy food! You look familiar,were you on TV maybe a soap well anyhow great recipes going to try quite a few

  11. "D"

    Made these ribs yesterday using your recipe, the rub and your BBQ sauce,to say my family was pleased would be an understatement, the pork ribs just fell apart were tender and juicy thank you for sharing this recipe, I’ll try the beef ribs next.

  12. Victoria

    lol loved this recipe Jenny – I’ve made it before -using your bbq sauce is best but today’s batch I used a lil baby Ray’s and it was sill good. Making your rub is a must. This recipe is my no fail ribs

  13. Derek McLoughli

    Hey Jenny,

    I live up in Sudbury,Ontario Canada. I made your ribs and bbq sauce for the boys when we were on an ice fishing trip. It was awesome!!! Everyone loved it and we ended up catching our limits…lol

    • Jenny Can Cook

      Glad to hear it. I’m from Canada too (London) and have visited Sudbury.

      • Adam Churvis

        Jenny, I KNEW there was something extra likable about you in addition to all the other things– you’re from CANADA! I love Canada and Canadians. I spent three summers in the Quetico in the early seventies, and went to racing school in Mont Tremblant in ’79. I fly a Canadian flag here in Atlanta. Love your recipes, and have made many of them for the family. Keep up the great work!

  14. karen

    Where do I find the recipe for how to cook the ribs? Do I use baby back ribs or the thicker saint Louis style ribs and what about quantity of ribs? Looking forward to cooking this recipe.

  15. karen

    Where do I get the recipe for how to cook and prepare the ribs? Also how many pounds of ribs for this rub? Do I use baby back ribs or the thicker saint Lewis style?
    Looking forward to cooking this recipe

  16. Sandra

    Hi Jenny thank u so very much for this recipe. I’m going to make it this evening. Thank you again and God bless.

  17. James

    Would 1 tsp. of each cause a problem?

  18. Danny Agnone

    Jenny – I gotta tell ya, hon – this rub, along with these ribs are absolutely SPECTACULAR! Thank you SO MUCH for taking the time to share this recipe with the world! Also, I will be using your rub recipe (maybe very slight variations thereof) for all my smoking, grilling, and BBQ meats. These are better than the best “rib-joint” in my area!

  19. Marty

    On your dry rub recipe, it appears in the pictures that the measurements look more like tablespoons then teaspoons.

    • Jenny

      The picture was measured exactly to match the recipe.

  20. Nona

    OMG! hahahahahaha …. I made this mistake last night .. and Im just reading this blog today …. Live in Auckland, New Zealand and although it was really hot after waiting for almost 3 hours … it was still yummy!! My chinese colleagues love spicy.. so brought it to work! Cant wait to try it again!! Thank you Jenny!

  21. Mary

    Chili powder is not spicy. It’s used in a lot of chili recipes. I think when people hear the word “chili” they picture “chili peppers” which is different. Chili powder is a flavoring that gives you that “chili” flavor in chili dogs and chili sauce.

  22. Mary

    I made these ribs and they are NOT SPICY. They are delicious!!!
    I do not like spicy food and these ribs can never be called spicy or hot.

  23. Carol

    Wow, I bet that was hot! Thank goodness you figured it out.

  24. Vanessa

    Hmmm, I think I’ll err on the side of caution and use my house seasoning blend and for those who like it spicy, well we have a local dipping sauce made with either whole or freshly ground hot peppers. Thanks for the post Jenny and keep those recipes coming!


    Good job Jenny!

  26. Rhonda

    Good researching info Jenny. Spices can be confusing for some of us. That’s why I follow your recipes exactly. If you don’t follow a recipe you end up with something totally different. I hope it didn’t discourage anyone and will try making the ribs again as if you had made them 🙂

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